Swim School Staff
We realize the quality of our programs depends on the quality of our instructors. For this reason, our instructors are chosen based on their qualifications, communication skills, patience, and love for children. Our structured training program ensures that each student receives the finest hands-on instruction available. Regardless of their age or skill level, students will discover that continuous interaction with our warm and caring instructors develops trust and stability both in and out of the water. We are pleased to give our swimmers a qualified team of experienced, mature professionals who are devoted to making a positive impact on their students.
Abdel participated on the swim and water polo teams all throughout high school. One of his favorite events is 50 Yard Freestyle. His favorite thing about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students achieve their goals and using their new skills in life! Abdel is currently studying Business at Golden West College. A fun fact about Abdel is that he loves to play basketball!
Adam learned how to swim when he was seven years old, which provided him the foundation to begin swimming competitively at age twelve. Adam specializes in Freestyle and his favorite event is the 100 meter Freestyle. He gained experience working with children as a junior lifeguard, where he spent two years teaching children ages eight through eleven the importance of water safety. He is passionate about teaching swimming lessons because he loves watching his students progress and master new techniques. A fun fact about Adam is that he is a big superhero nerd: he loves superhero related movies, comic books, and shows.
Ashley currently attends Cal State University, Long Beach and is majoring in Biology with a focus in Physiology. She has over 7 years of childcare experience. In addition, she actively volunteers for the Girls Scouts of America where she assists with events and mentoring young girls. While volunteering for the Girl Scouts, she received the Girl Scout Gold award. She loves teaching at Waterworks because she gets to see the happiness on her students faces when they accomplish something new.
Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique
Diane first learned to swim at age 7 and her favorite swim stroke is the breaststroke. She gained experience working with children ages 7 months to 10 years old as a babysitter. She has also worked with children of all ages as a homework volunteer at the Mary Wilson Library. In addition, Diane has a cousin with autism whom she frequently babysits. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is building a bond with her students in the water. A few of Diane’s hobbies include swimming, playing guitar, and hiking.
Dianne learned how to swim when she was six years old and her favorite stroke is the Breaststroke. She swam competitively throughout high school. Dianne gained experience working with children through raising her three sons. Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is the knowledge that her students are learning an invaluable new life skill. A fun fact about Dianne is that she loves karaoke.
Hannah learned how to swim at the age of three when her parents enrolled her in swimming lessons. She swam competitively from age 7 to 12 – for the Seal Beach swim team for 2 years and then for Rocket Fish for 3 more years. One of her favorite strokes is the breaststroke, and her favorite event is the 50-yard Freestyle. Hannah has worked with children of all ages, first in church bible study and later in high school. She is passionate about teaching children. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is creating a bond with each student and their families. Hannah is currently attending Golden West College, where she is studying to become a teacher. She works with children and animals whenever she gets the chance. Her hobbies include working out, going to the beach and spending time with her friends.
Isabel learned how to swim at the age of three and has been swimming ever since. She swam for the Long Beach Synchronized Swim Team for 5 years, and the La Mirada Swim team for one year. Isabel has worked with children of all ages while assisting during Sunday school at her local church and babysitting for her family and friends. Her favorite part about swimming is working with children and being able to show them how much fun swimming can be. Isabel is currently attending California State Long Beach where she is studying Computer Science. During her free time she enjoys learning, exercising and spending time with her friends.
Bilingual: Moderate Spanish
Jaclyn began swimming at the age of four and her favorite stroke is Breaststroke. She gained most of her experience working at a day care and babysitting children ages one through thirteen. Her favorite part about teaching her students is being able to help them reach their personal swimming goals and always keeping a smile on their faces. Jaclyn is currently attending Golden West College and studying Nursing. A fun fact about Jacklyn is she really enjoys surfing and painting in her free time.
Jeffrey learned how to swim when he was 7 years old and his favorite stroke is Backstroke. He gained experience working with children of all ages as a teacher’s assistant. Jeffrey enjoys watching his students progress and helping them learn an important life-saving skill. Jeffrey is currently studying Aerospace Engineering at Long Beach City College. A few of his hobbies include weight training, running, playing drums, and playing video games.
Julie began swimming at the young age of one. She has worked with children of all ages and gained most of her experience working at her local church and teaching Sunday school for over seven years. She also has been babysitting for the last ten years and helps at her local Jr High and High School as a math tutor. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is watching as her students become confident and comfortable in the water as well as with her and actually look forward to coming in for their lessons. Some of Julie’s hobbies include ballroom dancing, rock climbing, surfing, playing viola and backpacking.
Mae learned how to swim at a young age and her favorite stroke is the Breaststroke. She swam competitively on her high school’s swim and water polo teams and rose up to the captain position. Mae gained experience working with children through babysitting younger family members, life guarding at summer camp, working at little leagues, and deck guarding at Waterworks. She is passionate about teaching swim lessons because she enjoys watching her students progress and grow in a new life skill. Mae is currently studying Political Science at Golden West Community College. A fun fact about Mae is that she has an immense love for Ariel the Little Mermaid!
Buffalo, New York
Maggie began swimming at the age of eleven and has been swimming ever since. She swam competitively through middle school and on her high school high school swim team and another youth team. Her favorite stroke is the backstroke, and her favorite event is the 100 Individual Medley. Maggie has worked with children ranging in age from five to twelve. She began by babysitting her younger cousins and later started working a summer job as a camp counselor where she would teach the children how to lead, saddle and ride horses. Her favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is working with children and seeing them improve and reach their swimming goals. During Maggie’s free time she enjoys the outdoors. Some of her hobbies included rock climbing, surfing, hiking and camping.
Michael began swimming at age 13 and continued to swim throughout high school. His favorite events were the 200 yard Butterfly and the 50 yard Freestyle. Michael gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is helping his students learn valuable life skills. Michael is currently studying Oceanography and Economics at Orange Coast College. A few of his hobbies include hiking and dancing.
Ryan began swimming at the age of five and has loved the water ever since. He swam competitively and played water polo throughout high school. His favorite stroke is Butterfly and his favorite event is the 100 meter Butterfly. Ryan has worked with children of all ages and gained much of his experience babysitting, helping his family members learn how to swim and teaching them about pool safety. His favorite part about teaching swimming lessons is being able to pass on the fun and joy of swimming to all his students. Some of his hobbies include going to concerts, Dodger games and motorcycle riding.
Thomas began taking lesson at the age of seven and has been swimming ever since. He swam competitively for two years in high school during his freshman and sophomore years. What Thomas enjoys most about teaching swimming lessons is helping to open doors to many other opportunities for his students, like water sports, once they are able to swim on their own. Thomas has worked with children from ages six to twelve. He started off babysitting his cousin, and now he is a Boy Scout group leader. As an older Scout, he takes on many leadership and supervisory roles. On his free time, Thomas enjoys swimming and participating in Boy Scout activities.
Traci learned how to swim at age 10 and began swimming competitively in high school. Her favorite strokes are Freestyle and Breaststroke. Traci gained experience working with children ages 7 to 12 as a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Traci has experience babysitting children of all ages. She enjoys swimming with her students and passing on her passion for the water. A few of Traci’s hobbies include cooking, baking, and hiking. An interesting fact about Traci is she loves animals and she has several pets including: dogs, cats, chickens, and snakes.
Tori learned how to swim at a young age and her favorite stroke is Backstroke. She gained experience working with children through babysitting and as a Merit Badge Instructor for the Boys Scouts of America. Tori was awarded the position of Head Lifeguard by the Boy Scouts of America! Her favorite thing about teaching swimming lesson is watching her students grow in their swim skills and achieve their goals. When Tori is not in the pool, she enjoys shopping and going to the movies!
Vinny has been swimming his whole life- in high school he swam on the Varsity swim team for four years and played on the Varsity water polo team for three years. His favorite event is the 500m, his favorite stroke is Freestyle, and he is known as a distance swimmer. He gained experience working with children through his younger siblings, whom he taught how to swim along with several of his relatives. Vinny’s favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is seeing his students improve and progress their swimming skills. Vinny attends Santa Ana Community College to study Business. He loves to travel and plans on joining the armed forces.
Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish, Special Needs, Technique, Adult